1817 Chart – Explorer John Oxley following the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers

John Oxley, surveyor and explorer, undertook a number of important journeys of exploration during the Macquarie era. This particular journey occurred from late April to July 1817, during which he followed the course of the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers.

This chart was drawn by the convict draftsman Thomas William Parr, who accompanied Oxley on this journey of discovery. Note that this plan has been drawn with west at the top. The poem by Oxley was written at one of the last camping places noted at the top of the map.

Source: NRS 13859 Surveyor General: Crown Plans, 1792-1978. Chart of Oxley’s party’s tract on discovery to the westward of New South Wales (Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers), 1817 I.537v [SZ209].

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